Posted 11/2/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -7)
I have been a patient of Dr. Wes Jones, Gastroenterologist since I began having screening colonoscopies at age 50. I am now 61. about 4 years ago, I began having severe problems with constipation. I was a sales rep at the time and spent hours everyday in my car not knowing how that would affect my system. I lived with it for about a year trying to manage it myself, faithfully avoiding laxatives.
After a year of bloating, misery and no energy at all, I finally asked my internist what to do. He referred me back to Dr. Jones. Dr. Jones did colonoscopy and endoscope, abdominal ultrasound, CAT and various types of blood work to rule out allergies or root causes other than a very sluggish gut. Imagine my surprise, when he recommended fiber plus laxatives! I know laxatives can damage your system, but I did not know that it is true only of stimulant laxatives. So I began his fiber program, plus laxatives. It gave me immediate, although not total, relief from my symptoms.
Long story short, it has taken me that long to really feel like I have begun to get well. It took compliance with the treatment plan of my Dr. His treatment plan included stress reduction, less travel, yoga 3 times per week and a chiropractic evaluation and treatment. All of this was built on a systematic fiber/laxative regimen. His fiber regimen is designed to strengthen the digestive system with gradually increasing fiber levels and creating the stimulus needed for the system to resume its normal function. This has been a long road and I am so grateful to Dr. Jones for his gentle patience and compassion in guiding me through this. My energy level has returned and I actually feel really good! I am in better overall shape and am determined to keep up the laxative and fiber regimen along with the lifestyle changes I have made.